Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wondrous Yosemite

A set of unexpected circumstances presented me with some free time towards the middle of last week. So what is a runner recovering from Rucky Chucky to do? Check out some trails in Yosemite.

To some people's surprise, I had never been to this most famous National Parks (along with Yellowstone, I suppose). People like Muir and Adams have captured the imaginations of millions describing Yosemite through their literary and photographic talents. Now it was my turn to check it out.

To put it in one word, Yosemite is simply spectacular. It was early enough in the season to where the park wasn't too crowded and it was easy to get away from people. I like my solitude in the wilderness. Here are some choice photos from the trip. Enjoy!

El Capitan

Rock face with snow melt glistening in the sun

My favorite shot: mountains and trees mirroring on the Merced River

Having fun with the self timer. North Dome and Half Dome in the background.


Addy said...

I'm so glad you got to go to this beautiful place! This is one of my favorite places, and has such a special place in my heart.

It looks like you had perfect weather for it!

David Ray said...

Beautiful! I won't say anything about being jealous. :)

Michael Day said...

wonderful--I was in Sacramento last week and just couldn't get away to explore. Yosemite, Napa, Tahoe, all so close...

Gretchen said...

Awesome! This is the best time of year in the Valley--small crowds, big waterfalls! Glad you were able to check it out.

Kaye said...

I have been to Yosemite every season. My two favorites is the winter and spring. The winter is great because of less crowds, beautiful snow, ice skating and snow skiing. May is great too. Go before Memorial day though, cause it really gets crowded after that. The water falls are running like crazy at that time. Hike Vernal falls, but bring like a rain coat, for you will get soaked hiking up to the falls. If you want to hike half dome, remember that the cables don't go up till about memorial day or so. I LOVE that park and go every year at least once. I never get tired of it.